Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday- October is Over??!!!

What I'm eating this week:

Well it's Tuesday when I'm writing this, Monday I didn't eat much during the day, with running to Urgent Care and then teaching, but I did have Pea Salad and Spaghetti for dinner. I haven't meal planned this week, which is not good!

What I'm reminiscing about:

It seems like a lot of birthdays and anniversaries are this week! Jboz just had her 5 year anni, so I was remembering the fun of their wedding and how small Madi AND Bethy were!!! Time goes by so quickly.

What I'm loving:

The simple things in life. Cozy outfits, the weather cooling down a little bit to where I'm not running the A/C and sweating all day. Curling up on the couch under a blanket, and strangely enough I have been drinking hot coffee. I'm not really a fan of hot drinks, but with cooler mornings lately it's been nice! Granted my coffee is more of hot chocolate and creamer with a bit of coffee mixed in, but details!

What I've been up to:

Well for the past two weeks I've been sick. Started off with a cold from a student, and Monday I found out I have a Sinus Infection (Which I knew) and Bronchitis, which was a bit of a surprise as I don't think I have had the latter since I was a kid!  So teaching, and a few errands are about all I have been up to! Hoping that changes soon since I'm now on antibiotics.

What I'm dreading:

Nothing that I can think of at the moment.

What I'm working on:

Still working on the studio's Christmas Recital. Everyone has picked out their songs, and now I am working on the program, and who goes where, and oh yeah, designing the program as well! As I type this I realize I haven't nailed down this year's Christmas Ornament (My Mom and I make them ourselves, and they are always music themed) so I should probably get on that as well.

What I'm excited about:

Halloween!! This year it's on a day I teach and I can't wait to see my students outfits! And I am dressing up as well, and just ordered the last thing I needed for my costume on amazon last night. Here's hoping it fits! I am going to be a character from Peanuts!!

What I'm Watching/Reading: 

I am currently working on a book I was sent to review, Wild Montana Skies by one of my favorite authors, Susan May Warren. So far it's REALLY good. Stay tuned for my full review!

As for watching, can I get an Amen for Fall Tv being back? So far the new show I'm loving is Conviction on ABC. And we can't forget about Lethal Weapon on Fox. I LOVE That show! Cop buddy shows are my jam!!

What I'm listening to:

Right now, Silence. Glorious silence.

What I'm wearing:

Also right now, pjs. :) Monday I wore jeans and a cardigan and matching shirt, I have a feeling the rest of the week is going to be all about being cozy. Leggings with dresses, Jeggings and cardis. And some slipper booties thrown in for good measure!

What I'm doing this weekend:

Hopefully nothing other than going to church! Having been sick and exhausted, a chill weekend is all I want!

What I'm looking forward to next month:

Thanksgiving!! And the day after Thanksgiving all day Gilmore Girls Marathon!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm excited for a mini break from teaching, and then just a few days later we will hold the Studio's Christmas Recital! I'm excited/nervous for that as well!

What else is new:

For the first time ever, I actually finished my What's up Weds THE DAY BEFORE Weds!! GO ME!!!!! Miracles happen people!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesdays: Show us your Quirks

Next to day in the life posts, I think these are my favorite! I love reading about other weird people and realizing I'm not as crazy as I think I am! Let your Freak Flag Fly!!

Linking up with Andrea at!


I cannot stand the feeling of my knee caps touching each other. Now I'm not talking about crossing my legs, I'm fine with that, as the top of the knee is hitting the bottom of the knee, but curling up on the couch, laying in bed, I HAVE to have a pillow between my knees so my knee caps DO.NOT.TOUCH.  I didn't think this was so weird until I was telling some friends and their husbands about it at lunch the other day and they were all looking at me like I was nuts.

It creeps me out when toilets are left open. I think they should be closed unless they are in use. When people come to my home and use my restroom and leave the seat open, I have been known to shut it when they are not looking.

I'm terrified of mice. I don't know what it is about those little creepy things but they strike terror into my heart. Especially after having two of them in my house after I moved here and the saga of trying to kill them. Just thinking about it is making me queasy and my heart beat a little faster.

I love Bananas but don't like anything banana flavored. I have gotten to the point where I can eat banana bread but only if it's baked with chocolate chips and has a cream cheese icing. Basically I need to hide the banana flavor.

I have "Inside Shoes". I want everyone to take off their shoes coming into my house (Try being a piano teacher and having that many people in your home each week and see if it bothers you! So much MESS!yuck!) but I like to wear shoes in my house. In the winter I have my bootie slippers, and the rest of the year I have flip flops that I buy and wear specifically only in the house. If I wear actual shoes they are ones that I have cleaned the bottom with soap and water after wearing outside. I also have inside shoes ballet flats :) Why? Well I tend to run into furniture and have broken pinky toes more than I can count. 

I cannot stand to touch uncooked meat. It just makes me want to vomit. I will use forks or whatever i can to get my ground beef package open and put the meat in the skillet without touching the meat. I can't even think about touching raw chicken meat. ugh. no, just NO!

I also can't stand the smell of chicken cooking, like boiling chicken. This is not my fault however! One time I walked into my parent's house and Mom was boiling chicken to make chicken salad. I immediately got nauseated and exclaimed how much it was grossing me out. To which my Mom replied, Oh, I know! I haven't been able to take the smell of cooking chicken since I was pregnant with you!!!

As long as we're talking about chicken, I am picky with what kind I eat. I really prefer boneless chicken. I will eat a chicken drumstick if it's at KFC, but cooking chicken thighs, ect, and then eating them at home. grosses me out. Give me nuggets or chicken breasts all the way!!

Whenever I go somewhere you can count on me having an ice pack in my purse. And it's in a cute makeup pouch. Living with a chronic illness I never know when it's going to hit, and ice greatly helps when I am in pain/feel like puking my guts out. So I carry one with me at all times. 

Speaking of my purse, I like them large. And I carry anything and everything I might ever need! My Chiropractor calls it my "Luggage" and often picks it up to see how heavy it is. (I try to clean it out before I go to my apt 0=-) )

I love magazines, and most Friday nights I like to unwind with a little People and Us Weekly. My friends know if they need celebrity gossip or the 411 on something popular I will know all about it. 

My favorite section in Us Weekly is the 25 things you don't know about me. I find it fascinating! Yes, I am nosy!

I love celebrating birthdays. My birthday, other people's birthdays, doesn't matter! I'm excited for you and happy to celebrate! However, If I am mailing you a present or a card, (and ok, sometimes giving it to you in person..) don't ever expect to get it on time. A few days after your birthday, a week, ahem.. a month..  I am incapable of getting it there on time.

I love the smell of pumpkin, but not the taste of it. 

You'll never find me drinking a PSL.

In the interest of actually posting this the same week it was due (Forget about the same day!) that is my list of crazy (well, part of!)

Friday, October 14, 2016


 My name is Charity and I am a terrible blogger! I have so much I haven't blogged about! I thought I would do a catch up post, and added 66 pictures and still wasn't done, so this may be a two parter! Brace yourself and let's go!

#SelfieSunday is a thing. In my world at least. I take my best pictures in front of my living room window. I am going to miss wearing my favorite dress in the cold months!

 I'm all about sales and clearances. I picked up these adorable candle holders at CVS on major clearance. SO cute!!

 I might be bad about blogging but I was wrapping Christmas Presents on Labor day weekend. Like a BOSS!!
 DQ had a free oreo frappe a few weeks ago and it was SOOOO good! Oreos, Ice Cream and Coffee. YUM!

 Have I mentioned how much I hate the dentist? I'll spare you my horror stories, but ugh. just ugh.
 Put a candle in my new candle holder on the piano and thought it was so cool how it made a neat decoration on the wall.
 I'm all about the candles apparently. I have a cake stand/punch bowl/glass thingy that I struggle knowing what to do with. i put some leaves on the bottom and a giant vanilla candle i have (that has since died). it added some festive to the kitchen!
 A few weekends ago I was all set to read my magazines and chill on the couch. And then the tornado sirens went off. So I headed to the laundry room which was HOT since I had been doing laundry.
 Pebbles was not super excited.
 Does anyone else text their friends pictures of their outfits and accessories to pick which goes better?
 I think this is a sign of getting old. I cleaned out and re arranged my cups cabinet one weekend and I was quite happy!
 I love being cozy. and I love cozy lights! I have leaves and orange lights on top of my sofa table and love being able to have them on and my main lights off.
 Wrapped more Christmas presents. five points to you if you can read who this is to!
 Indiana weather is crazy. It has been so hot here, then flirted with us being cooler, and then back up to hot. ugh. Over it! It was finally cool enough to turn off the a/c and open the window. I LOVE being able to teach with the window open!
 Jboz and I have created what I call "Baptist Happy Hour" which involves some sort of a snack, a drink (non alcoholic of course!) and us girl chatting. I have a break between a homeschooled student and then after school students which happens to coincide with nap time for Jboz's little ones. It's my favorite part of every other week :) Anyways, I found this Welch's juice at the store and it was INSANELY good. I bought 4 of them and we'll not discuss how quickly they were empty. :(
 A&A&C came over for dinner a few weeks ago and Addie Jane was having a rough time.
 At her face was just so pitiful I couldn't NOT take pictures!
 The one pig tail cracks me up!
 Love this sweet friend of mine!
 And that cute lil booger!

 This handsome fella was there as well!
 My Peeps

 Cubbie and the Selfie wasn't really working so well that night :)
 This is random but I realized as I was sitting on the couch waiting for a student that I can finally see out the door! We removed the two huge bushes that were in front of my house and it's so nice to be able to see out the door and the windows!!!
In more random-ness. One day I decided to make some pork chops in the crock pot and wanted some sort of a creamy sauce. I found a gravy recipe online and added a few seasonings to the recipe and it was the BEST gravy I've ever had! Almost better than KFC's gravy!! My first time making gravy and i knocked it out of the park. I was proud of myself.
Two things. I never thought I liked candy corn. Then I bought some to use as a decoration, and ended up snacking on it! So Yummy! Also, my nails look super cute here and it's a 1.00 polish from you guessed it, DOLLAR GENERAL!!
My kind of friday night. Big lights off. Festive Lights on. Rain falling, cooler temps, can I get an Amen?!
Love my red glowy light of my Grandparents. Everytime I have the bottom red light base on it reminds me of them. That used to be my nightlight when I spent the night at their house!

Most of the time when I teach Skype lessons I am set up at my kitchen table. But this particular night I was tired and just wanted to be cozy. So I set myself up on the couch with lots of pillows and it was glorious!

Once in awhile I straighten my hair. Then I walk by mirrors and do a double take.

And then after two days of my hair being straight my hair and head starts to hurt. Like my hair is protesting being something it isn't. I wash it and go back to curly and my hair is happy.
Last weekend I had a great start to a fun weekend, which I'll blog about later :) I started off with a trip to my favorite man, my chiropractor! And my last selfie in his office, because he is remodeling this week and it's going to look totally different! Is it weird that I'm excited over this??!
Full shot of my outfit that day. Sleeveless and capris. The Next day it was cool and I had on long sleeves. The day I'm FINALLY finishing this (over a week later) Friday the 14'th, I had the heat on earlier today. Right now the windows are open and in two days it's going to be in the 80s. Oh Indiana weather.....

Friday, September 30, 2016

What's Up Wednesday! Erm... Friday??!

So this month's WUW TOTALLY snuck up on me! For some reason I thought we had a few more weeks of Sept. I struggle with dates!

(And once again, I started this on Weds and now it is Friday night at 8:22 pm and I am desperately trying to finish this before I forget about it again!!)

What I'm eating this week: Well it's Weds and I can't remember Monday. That's probably not a good sign.. Tuesday I had A&A&C over for dinner and I made one of my families favorite casseroles, Green Beans and Hamburger meat with Tomato soup, and mashed potatoes on top. YUM. A brought a Salad and then we had Mix and Match Mama's Apple Cinnamon Pull Apart bread for dessert. So good! I had leftovers today and really need to plan food for tomorrow as Thursdays are almost an eat standing up between lessons day.

What I'm reminiscing about: Today (Friday) I saw a post on my FB memories (darn those things!! they always give me all the feels!!) about a dinner with Addie a year ago. She was so tiny and had so little hair! Hard to believe that was an entire year ago!

What I'm Loving: Ahhhh this cooler fall weather!!! It was a HOT Summer here in IN, very humid, and after sweating seemingly non stop for the past few months I am delighted to have some cooler weather! I'm also delighted to not be running my ac or heat! MY favorite months of the year are when I can open the windows for air and save some money!!

What I've been up to: Working on Christmas Recital stuff. Teaching, Lesson Planning, Cooking, and seemingly spending half my life doing dishes. Considering I am the only person who lives in my house I am slightly worried how much dishes I will have if I ever get married. Maybe I'll put a dishwasher on my bridal registry??!

What I'm dreading: Well it's the weekend now so NOTHING!!!

What I'm working on: All things Christmas Recital and Christmas Shopping/Planning. This year our recital is a week earlier than normal, so it's the last week of November which to me feels like it is way earlier. So I am slightly stressing out at how quickly it will be here! I have 6 students left to pick out songs, and then I need to get started designing the program.

What I'm excited about: See Below for What I'm excited for next month, because it's the same answer :)

What I'm watching/reading: I am loving all the new Fall TV!! And the returns of some of my favorites! Still waiting for Madam Secretary and Elementary to return. But So far have watched Hawaii 5-0, Lethal Weapon, This is Us (seriously, will there be a WHAAATTT???!! Moment at the end of EVERY episode??!!!) Greys, How to Get Away with Murder, Bull, Notorious and I'm sure something else. 

What I'm listening to: Christmas music. :) I haven't been listening to it on Pandora, but with the majority of my students already having their recital songs picked out, we have been playing christmas music. It is particularly funny when it was so hot outside and i'm sitting in my chair in shorts and sandals listening to Deck the Halls and O Christmas tree :) I confess I've found myself humming some of their songs as I"m out and about shopping.

What I'm wearing: I still think this is a creepy question. Again, I have no memory of Monday, Tuesday I wore a knee length black and white striped skirt, a sleeveless mint green top with gold piping and a matching mint green cardigan. Today I'm wearing my beloved DG Jeggings, with a cream and pink flowered top, a cream cardigan, and my Walmart leopard flats. (Also super comfy) I"m all about the jegging and legging season!! (As long as your shirts are long enough!) Thursday I wore leggings, a black v neck tunic, and a bright blue cardigan. Friday was more leggings and a green plaid shirt. I'm all about being comfy in the cooler weather!

What I'm doing this weekend: Other than Church and now my Mom coming to town on Saturday I have no plans and that is how I like it!!

What I'm looking forward to next month: April is coming to visit!!!! Her Hubby is coming as well, and I will finally get to meet their little girl, Audrey! I'm so excited!! It's been awhile since I've seen my Apes and I have MISSED her!!!!! The Dream Team will be united again! I'm also excited about Halloween, it falls on a lesson day so I am dressing up, and hopefully my students will wear their costumes as well! And I can't wait to see what my Addie Jane is for halloween!! October is also my Mama's birthday and my parents 40th wedding anniversary!

What else is new: I was going to say nothing and then I remembered that Thursday night I kind of accidentally made the best gravy ever!! I was making a new crock pot recipe and it called for some gravy so not only did i make gravy from scratch for the first time ever but i mixed in some extra ingredients and seriously, it was the best thing ever. we're talking really close to the awesomeness that is KFC's gravy!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

That which I forgot to Blog About

Soooooo I realized with everything going on, there were several events/things that I meant to blog about but never got around to! So this will be a hodgepodge of stuff!

One of the items on my Summer To Do list was to have Lunch at McCords with Emboz and crew. I had never been there before and was so excited to try it out! Never mind that I picked the absolute worst time to go, the street in front of McCords was going thru massive renovation, we literally had to walk across a man made MOAT to get into the place. Do I know how to pick places or what??!! Despite all that we still had a great time! Madi very much enjoyed wearing my massive sunglasses on her tiny head.

She wasn't too enthused on having her picture taken. Bunny Ears and Peace Signs were quite popular that day!
The two of us on the other side of the table were ready for our pictures! Of course we had to struggle to get Madi's peace signs out of the frame, hence why I'm looking off to the side.
See what I'm talking about?

Tried to take a selfie with Madi. It didn't work. HA!!

My Mom and I had a girls day, and went to a Rummage sale and then I treated her to lunch! We made out like bandits at the sale! Well worth getting up early on a Friday! And it was fun to spend time with my Momma! We snapped this pic and I noticed she was smiling, I was shocked, since she goes for a demure mouth closed smirk in her pics, I said MOM!! You're smiling!! It looks so cute!! Her Response " It's a new thing I'm trying". I died. She is so funny.

I added pics to this blog about a week before I got around to writing it. I have no clue why I added this pic, but apparently I wanted to share it with you all? All I know is that I'm in my teaching chair.

I've been searching for some lamps, one for my kitchen table, and one for my dresser in my bedroom. I was beyond excited to find these for half off at Dollar General a few weeks ago! I wasn't crazy in love with the orange lampshades, but they were also half off :) Haven't decided if I am going to paint them or not!

I wasn't feeling great one day and had a sore throat, I thought some ice cream would feel great on it so I ran out to DQ for a treat. The line was randomly crazy long so I had to wait in the drive thru and saw this adorable doggy in it's van. I was cracking up at how happy the dog was! He was just grinning away sitting in that window! His owners were on the patio and realized he was sitting there and went to put him fully in the van and the poor dog got stuck in the window, with his 7 yr old owner. It was quite the show. The dog never quit grinning the entire time! hahahah When I got around to the other side of DQ he was on the dashboard looking out the window, still grinning like a fool. #LivinTheDream

I was sitting at my kitchen table working on some things while I waited for a student one day, and I thought the view was just so pretty. Sunny and bright, and a clean living room.
Expect lots more pictures of me wearing my DG jeggings. They are the most comfortable pants I've ever owned. And I'm pretty sure I'm buying at least 2 more pairs of them.
I drink a ton of water every day, with teaching my mouth gets dry. I go in spurts of drinking pop, and then not drinking it for awhile. Usually when there aren't any great sales on the pop I like :)  One Friday night I happened to have a new 2 liter of Coke and let me tell you that Ice Cold Coca Cola was the tastiest thing EVER!

And yes, I just blogged about comfortable pants and a glass of pop being delightful. I lead an exciting life folks. #KeepinItReal